Beasts of the Southern Wild – Benh Zeitlin

Magical realism is brought to the cinema in this recently released, haunting and captivating movie that I watched earlier today. Much of the impact of the film is purely sensory. Cinematography that creates beauty out of misery; a 6 year old actress who is as captivating as the most accomplished Hollywood diva; enchanting  music that …

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Gary Hume – Are the issues to big for any of us?

Gary Hume is a successful British artist who does not usually engage with environmental issues. He became involved with Cape Farewell and created some artworks in an attempt to engage with the issues.  As reported in an article in The Guardian, he found this a challenge: “How do you depict global catastrophe?” he says. “I’m …

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Cultural Response To Climate Change – David Buckland and Cape Farewell

The creation, expansion and success of Cape Farewell maybe represents the most ambitious, most far-sighted and most successful effort to date to place the arts front and center in the debate about climate change.  Created by David Buckland in 2001, Cape Farewell brings together artists, scientists, educators and the media in a series of expeditions …

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Climate Change Comes to the Theatre: “Greenland” in London’s National Theatre

I have always argued that when environmental issues start being incorporated into mainstream culture, then we stand a chance of some notice being taken. It’s encouraging to note that “Greenland” – a play about climate change – has recently launched at the National Theatre in London. For a review of the play, see this article …

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Worth A Read – Ian McEwan’s “Solar”

In a previous post I mentioned that I was excited by the upcoming publication of a novel by Ian McEwan that was inspired by the issues of climate change.  Well, the book has arrived.  I have just finished reading it on my new-ish Kindle (no paper to waste, no shipping charges, lower prices for the …

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The Guardian Shows Why We May Continue To Fail

Wonderful, wonderful Copenhagen – shame about the climate change art. In a recent column with the above title in Britain’s newspaper ‘The Guardian’, environmental writer Bibi van der Zee gives her views on whether the art works that surrounded the Copenhagen Climate Change conference would do any good at all.  Written before the summit finished …

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Fallen Trees Come To Trafalgar Square in “Ghost Forest”

On Monday, November 16th,  Angela Palmer’s “Ghost Forest” opens in Trafalgar Square, London.  This large and ambitious installation aims to draw attention to the link between deforestation and climate change. The installation brings to London 10 rain forest tree stumps from a commercially logged, regulated rain forest in Ghana and installs them in Trafalgar Square …

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A Long White Line

The beauty of conceptual art is that it sheds the fixation with the ‘art object’ and embarks on art as the exploration of an idea. Many conceptual artists have taken this further to create meaningful social interventions through their art. Eve Mosher is one such artist. Last year, she embarked on HighWaterLine – a conceptual …

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